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Colour palette suggestions for your Pub, Restaurant, Café or Bar

Blue and Green should never be seen!

On a basic colour wheel, blue and green are located right next to each other, but that doesn't mean that the colours look good together from a visual perspective. If the colour wheel is broken into 12 segments, any three adjacent slices can be put together to create an analogous colour scheme. In this case, blue and green can be displayed beautifully together, but they have a blue-green or turquoise slice between them, and this works to visually soothe the transition between the colours. So in fact the whole saying is ‘Blue and Green should never been seen – without a colour in between!’ now it makes much more sense!

There are similar phrases discouraging other colour combinations. One such phrase is "red and green should only be seen on an Irish queen."

So how do these ‘rules’ translate into bringing together a coordinated colour scheme for your pub, bar, restaurant or café venue and the furniture within it?

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Choosing the right colour scheme for your pub or restaurant is important.

Human responses to colour are both affective and cognitive, involving emotional response and judgement. These responses can be affected by individual differences in gender, age and personal preference as well as cultural and socially based differences and of course the context in which the colour is viewed.  Would you believe it but it is estimated that humans can perceive nearly 3 million different hues and therefore the combinations of colours are virtually infinite.
It’s incredible to think that any more colour could be ‘invented’ but the Pantone Color Institute in US is constantly looking at trends and naming new shades. In fact only a month or so ago it came up with an industry First - PANTONE Minion Yellow to Debut this Summer !

In UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 14, 2015 –Pantone, the global colour authority, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Partnerships & Licensing today announced the creation of an official new PANTONE Colour, Minion Yellow, based on the Minions from Universal Pictures and Illumination’s Despicable Me global film franchise, including the upcoming prequel Minions, opening in theaters July 10, 2015. The development of PANTONE Minion Yellow, marks the first time in the global colour authority’s history that a colour has been created and named after a character.


The partnership was born when Pharrell Williams, who helped create the music for the Despicable Me franchise, came up with the idea while the Pantone Color Institute®, the research arm of the company that charts global color trends and studies how colour influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions, noted the desire of the consumer to add more energizing color into their lives. Pantone noticed that the Minions, created and designed by Illumination, have become a global phenomenon by doing just that across movies, theme parks and video games. Looking to add to its PANTONE Fashion, Home + Interiors colour palette, Pantone worked closely with the animation team at Illumination to review the existing colour range and to identify the most pure representation of the Minions’ iconic yellow colour. The resulting PANTONE Minion Yellow is a custom colour designed to represent the sweet and subversive characters. An extroverted hue, it projects playfulness and warmth and is suggestive of intellectual curiosity and enlightenment.

“Colour is contextual and right now there is a desire for colours that are more vibrant and uplifting. This is especially the case with the yellows, so given the worldwide popularity of the Minions, it seemed only natural to name a colour after a character for the first time in our history,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President, Pantone Color Institute. “When developing the colour, we worked directly with the animation team at Illumination, and we thoughtfully considered the characters’ aura to ensure PANTONE Minion Yellow is the exact right hue.”
“Pantone has long established its reputation as the global colour authority,” said Jamie Stevens, Executive Vice President, Global Retail Development, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. “We are thrilled that their colour experts saw market demand for yellow and looked to the Minions, as global pop culture icons, to add into its yellow spectrum.”

“PANTONE Minion Yellow is a colour that heightens awareness and creates clarity, lighting the way to the intelligence, originality and the resourcefulness of an open mind – this is the colour of hope, joy and optimism,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute.

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How we view colour can be affected by the other colours around it.

RED will appear more brilliant against a BLACK background and a little Duller against a WHITE background and almost Lifeless on ORANGE.

RED will look more dazzling and brilliant against blue and green and nect to a RED couch a GREY wall will appear sort of GREENish.

Bear the relationship between colours in mind when you’re thinking about the colour scheme and your fabric and furniture for your venue.

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